138 Glyn Dwr and the Showdown

In 1405, yet more rebellion in England, this time from the north led by an Archbishop; and the crowning glory of Glyn Dwr's diplomacy led to the arrival of the French on the shores to wipe the English out in Wales


138 Glyn Dwr's Showdown


The Execution of an Archbishop

Archbishop Scrope
In 1405 Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland rose in rebellion, the thought of his son in his mind. He was joined by the Earl of Nottingham and Norfolk – Thomas Mowbray, son of the exiled one – and Archbishop Richard Scrope. John of Lancaster, son of the king, and Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmoreland were up to the challenge. 

By the time Henry arived in the north, the rebellion was over. But his attitudes had hardened – there had to be an example to stop the constant rolling programme of rebellion. And to universal horror on 5th June 1405, the King had the Archbishop executed as a traitor. 

The end of the rebellion?

From 1406 to 1409, Glyn Dwr was to see the glory of his revolt fade. But for the moment, he still held the great castles of Aberystwyth and Harlech stood as symbols of Welsh defiance. While they were there., there was life in the rebellion yet. 

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